Now that the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are easing and non-essential high street shops across the country are allowed to welcome customers again, many of the UK’s record stores are back open for business.

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Many record shops have been making sales online and sending them out for delivery since the lockdown began in March. Now the physical stores are able to open their doors for footfall business with new safety guidelines and social distancing measures in place.

Just some of the stores now open or opening this week are Tribe Records, Jumbo Records and Crash Records in Leeds, all four of Rough Trade’s locations, Brighton’s Resident, RPM Music in Newcastle, Eastern Bloc and Vinyl Revival in Manchester, Sheffield spot Spinning Discs, and Flashback Records, S.T. Records, Honest Jon’s, Sounds of the Universe and Sister Ray in London.

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This Saturday, June 20, a virtual event aiming to help independent stores called Love Record Stores is also taking place while the planned Record Store Day for 2020 has been rearranged across three dates: August 29, September 26 and October 24.

More than 130 record stores will take part in the 24 hour event which will see the sale of special vinyl releases online, as well as performance and DJ streams. Find out more here.

Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Features Editor, follow him on Twitter

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